I am not familiar with the teachings of Steven Furtick. I have an idea of who he is based on what I’ve read and heard from discernment sites or videos exposing his self-idolatry and rants. While clicking through You Tube, one of his videos came and up and I decided to listen and get an idea of what he teaches for myself.
He started off reading some scriptures and then started on a path I know all too well. Now, I knew Furtick was connected with the emergent church crew, but what I heard was definitely word of faith doctrine. Furtick was presenting eight points from his new book, “Crash the Chatterbox”. As he spoke on his first point, call and response, he regurgitated that same message many word of faith teachers have taught since plagiarized from EW Kenyon by Ken Haggin.
Furtick stated that everything we see started with what God said. Note the following content from Kenneth Copeland teaching posted back in 2009.
“This is the kind of faith that spoke the world into existence. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). How did He do it? God believed that what He said would come to pass. He spoke the word and there was an earth. He spoke into existence the vegetable kingdom. He spoke into existence the animal kingdom. He spoke into existence the heavens as well as the earth, the moon, the sun, the stars and the universe. He said it and it was so. That is the God kind of faith. He believed what He said would come to pass and it did.” Kenneth Hagin, The God Kind of Faith – Kenneth E. Hagin, http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/kenneth-hagin-faith-lesson-no-21-the-god-kind-of-faith/, (Accessed 04/14/14).
A great comment from a visitor named Stephanie stated “Word of Faith teaching provides methods and formulas that cause man to look unto their own ability vs. directing their faith in God who is able. THEY PUT FAITH IN THEIR “FAITH”. This is why so many people in the WOF are the most fearful and legalistic people in the Church today. It is designed to get your heart and mind off of JESUS, off of the Kingdom of God and onto YOUR WORDS. Be careful that you don’t take a “kernel of truth” and turn it into a whole other doctrine. Of course words are “powerful”, why? Because the COMMUNICATE and communication is powerful. Study E.W. Kenyon for yourself. The idea that faith is an indwelling creative power released by words is a belief that is foreign to the Bible.”
The next thing Furtick does reinforces my perception of him as a word of faith teacher. He insults the congregation. I’ve mention this in my article Anatomy of a Cult where my former pastor would call the congregation “Mr. and Mrs. Smarty.” Furtick told his congregation they were crazy. Well, he didn’t say “you’re crazy”. He referenced their “crazy brains” and berated their… This is seen at the 11:42 time marker of the video.
Word of faith teachers need to insult you. I don’t fully understand why this is, but it happens. It is a technique false teachers often use to right before they are about to say something that completely contradicts anything mentioned in scripture.
Furtick taught that the beginning of the bible starts with an idea of the voice of God. The hook for a typical word of faith teachers is “….AND…GOD…SAID.”
(Hear Creflo Dollar’s sermon “Your Words Create Your Life – time marker 4:20)
Word of Faith wolves teach that the same pattern that God used to establish the universe is the same pattern your life will established by. Furtick actually repeats the repetitive word of faith phrase “and he said, and it was…and he said, and it was.” This is the beginnings of teaching the false doctrine called “Little Gods” or “Faith-filled Words.”
(Watch this video exposing the Little Gods heresy.)
(Hear COGIC and Real Preachers of LA celebrity, Ron Gibson sermon “The Power Of Speaking Faith Filled Words.)
Based on what I’ve heard Furtick teach in his video, he is leaning towards the “Faith-filled Words” error.
Examples of faith-filled words statements
“Everything in your life will be created or destroyed by the words that you speak and the words that you believe.” Steven Furtick
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve said and believed.” Roger Breedlove
“If you keep talking death, that is what you are going to have. If you keep talking sickness and disease, that is what you are going to have, because you are going to create the reality of them with your own mouth. That is a divine law.” Fred Price
“What you are saying is exactly what you are getting now. If you are living in poverty and lack and want, change what you are saying…. The powerful force of the spiritual world that creates the circumstances around us is controlled by the words of the mouth.” Kenneth Copeland
Tell Me I’m Right!
I wasn’t going to touch on this, but I decided to go ahead. Plus, I got a little chuckle when Furtick told the congregation he does better with a little call and response. It reminded me of my old COGIC days. But I do ask…Why do preachers need an “amen corner?”
Do they not have faith in the gospel they teach? What if you received NO amen’s. Does that really matter? (long pause) Well, it does when you’re preaching false doctrine.
Wait…is Furtick going to eventually teach the Little Gods doctrine?
Later in the video, Furtick tells the congregation that “learning how to think the thoughts of God is the most important habit that you’ll ever develop.” Well, I’m positive the congregation will never learn how to do that. Scripture clearly says….For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 But as I stated earlier, the word of faith teaches that you are a god. We’ll see if and how this develops.
Regardless of all the other things Furtick says throughout his sermon, he sprinkled the word of faith lie throughout the message. A little leaven leavens the entire lump.